Household Exam Roll Headings

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Records that show the structure of a family are key to family history. These records show relationship between individuals that help you to form the basic structure of a family group. Usually people see familial structure in records such as the Household Examination Records, Mantals tax records, Probates, and other documents. In Swedish research, the records that show family groups are generally considered a secondary source. The actual birth, marriage, or death information needs to be verified in a primary source such as the birth and christening, engagement and marriage, or death and burial records. To do find records that show family structure, you must know 2 things:

1. The approximate time when the family was living together
2. The name of the jurisdiction associated to the record type you want to search, for example: if you want to see the family in a household examination you need to know the name of the parish the family was living in (knowing the name of the farm or village is helpful too.)
Sometimes finding the estimated residential year or place of residence can be a challenge. In situations like this, you must turn to other records for clues. The easiest way to do this is to find a member of the family on a record of event (such as a birth, marriage, or death.) After finding the record of event, you have an established time and place to search associated records.

Remember the entire kingdom of Sweden was organized into jurisdictions long before records were being kept. The majority of the population is recorded on many records that show family structure. The table below is a list of Swedish records that show family structure. The records have been ranked with the best source at the top, followed by others that might help.

Name of Record Jurisdiction Record Description
Husförhörslängder Församlingar (parishes) These are the household examination records that were used for religious and later demographic purposes. Time Period: 1600’s – 1894 (depending on the parish and diocese.)